Mallard Creek quarterback Marquise Williams had one of the best seasons in Mecklenburg County history.
Butler linebacker Kris Frost captained one of the best defenses to ever play there.
Today, Williams is named Charlotte Observer All-Mecklenburg player of the year on offense. Frost is the All-Mecklenburg defensive player of the year.
Williams, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound senior, completed 170 of 254 passes (67 percent) for 3,034 yards and 45 touchdowns. He threw only eight interceptions. Williams also rushed for 1,147 yards and 19 touchdowns. The passing yards rank 19th in county history. The passing touchdowns is sixth best in county history.
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Williams led the Mavericks to a school-record wins and to the N.C. 4AA quarterfinals, as deep in the playoffs as any Mallard Creek team had gone.
Frost, a 6-3, 220-pound senior linebacker, is a U.S. Army All-American. He anchored what was arguably the state's best defense. Butler allowed 11.5 points per game by playing a demanding schedule. Most teams, including elite ones, ran away from him constantly. Frost finished with 103 total tackles and five stacks. He was a Shrine Bowl pick and will announce his college choice next month from Auburn, Louisiana State and Michigan.
Garinger interim coach Lin Fisher is the All-Meck coach of the year. Fisher took over from Terry Liggin just before the start of the season and led the Wildcats to a 7-5 record, their most wins in 20 years. Garinger had a five-game win streak in September, its longest in 16 years and hosted a playoff game, a rarity at the school.
ALL-MECKLENBURG OFFENSIVE FIRST TEAM
QB: Marquise Williams
Mallard Creek, 6-3, 220, Sr.
Threw for 45 touchdowns and more than 3,000 yards and rushed for more than 1,100 yards and 19 touchdowns. N.C. Preps state player of the year and I-MECK 4A offensive player of the year.
RB: Justus Pickett
Ardrey Kell, 5-10, 190, Sr.
Third-best single season rushing performance in county history (2,429 yards). 31 rushing touchdowns is ninth best in county history. Southwestern 4A offensive player of the year had 3,068 total yards from scrimmage and 38 touchdowns.
RB: Jahwan Edwards
Butler, 5-11, 230, Sr.
256 carries for 1,651 yards and 33 TDs, second-most scores in school history and fourth-most in county history. Edwards rushed for nearly 400 yards in the state semifinals and championship and was MVP of the state final.
TE: Drew Owens
Ardrey Kell, 6-5, 225, Sr.
25 catches for 524 yards and five touchdowns. Two-time Southwestern 4A all-conference pick was one of his team's top blockers. Committed to South Carolina.
WR: Preston Earle
Harding, 6-2, 190, Sr.
85 catches for 1,200 yards. Picked as MEGA 7 all-conference offensive player of the year.
WR: Kevin Asante
Mallard Creek, 5-11, 175, Sr.
All-conference pick in I-MECK 4A had 1,003 yards receiving and 14 touchdowns for 13-1 Mavericks.
OL: Devin Flowers
Mallard Creek, 6-2, 285, Sr.
I-MECK 4A all-conference player was a four-year starter and Shrine Bowl pick. Anchored running game hat had nearly 3,000 yards. Three-time all-conference.
OL: D.J. Humphries
Mallard Creek, 6-6, 265, Jr.
The Observer's No. 1 N.C. recruit in the junior class; hasn't given up a sack in two years. All-conference pick in I-MECK 4A.
OL: Nick Sansotta
Butler, 6-1, 250, Sr.
Offensive guard was only Bulldogs lineman to start all 16 games for the N.C. 4AA champs. All-conference pick in Southwestern 4A.
OL: Nick Davidson
Ardrey Kell, 6-6, 270, Jr.
Didn't allow sack this season. Southwestern 4A all-conference pick carries 4.5 GPA and named team offensive lineman of the year.
OL: Mark Harrell
Charlotte Catholic, 6-5, 260, Jr.
Catalyst for Catholic team that averaged 326 yards rushing per game and 4,904 rush yards for the season. Invited to US Army All-American combine next month and has scholarship offer from Duke.
SPEC: Germone Hopper
Berry, 6-0, 175, Jr
One of the nation's top recruits in his class, Hopper had 162 carries for 1,395 yards and 18 TDs, 29 catches for 496 yards and three TDs, plus 6 punt returns for 150 yards and a TD. Has verbal offers from Virginia, UNC, N.C. State, Clemson, ECU, Maryland, Louisville and Kentucky
K: Miller Synder
Myers Park, 6-1, 180, Sr.
US Army All-American had 39 of 48 kickoffs out of the end zone. Hit 2 of 29 PATs and 4 of 5 field goals, including a game-winner against South Meck. North Carolina commit also had 39-yard punt average with 36.8 net because of height limiting returns.
Second Team, offense
QB : Riley Ferguson, Butler, 6-2, 180, So.
RB: Josh Covington, Providence Day, 5-9, 195, Sr.
RB: Scoot Simmons, W. Charlotte, 5-10, 200, Sr.
TE: Darren Albertson, Myers Park, 6-3, 215, Sr.
WR: Adissa Batten, Independence, 6-2, 200, Sr.
WR: Wake Hamilton, Charlotte Country Day, 6-4, 180, Sr.
OL: Andrew Cooney, Charlotte Latin, 6-1, 235, Sr.
OL: Zack Levins, Charlotte Catholic, 6-1, 268, Sr.
OL: Ben Weatherby, Independence, 6-2, 250, Jr.
OL: Casey Blaser, South Mecklenburg, 6-4, 245, Jr.
OL: Harrison Monk, Providence, 6-4, 236, Jr.
SPEC: Chauncey Concepcion, Providence, 5-9, 160, Sr.
K: Jesse Roy, Charlotte Catholic, 6-0, 173, Sr.
Third Team, offense
QB: Kenny Patterson, Berry, 6-7, 200, Sr.
RB: Larenz Bryant, Vance, 6-1, 210, So.
RB: Steven Bevilacqua, Charlotte Catholic, 5-11, 205, Sr.
RB: Jela Duncan, Mallard Creek, 5-10, 190, Jr.
WR: Jamel Harbinson, Mallard Creek, 5-11, 185, Jr.
WR: Jakareen Smith, West Mecklenburg, 6-1, 178, Jr.
OL: Patrick Shoaff, Charlotte Catholic, 6-4, 220, Year NA
OL: Ward Showalter, Charlotte Country Day, 6-2, 250, Sr.
OL: Jack Taylor, Providence Day, Ht/Wt NA, Sr.
OL: Matt Carrick, Ardrey Kell, 6-2, 240, Jr.
OL: Brandon McKeely, Butler, 6-0, 240, Jr.
SPEC: Morgan Roberts, Charlotte Country Day, 6-4, 205, Sr.
SPEC: Nick Johnson, Charlotte Catholic, 5-8, 155, Sr.
K: Paul Griggs, Charlotte Latin, 6-0, 180, Jr.
ALL-MECKLENBURG DEFENSIVE FIRST TEAM
DL: Adam Farley
Charlotte Catholic, 6-1, 325, Sr.
Verbally committed to Richmond, Shrine Bowl pick had 40 tackles, 2.5 sacks and four forced fumbles. First-team pick on MEGA 7 all-conference team. Main run stopper on team that allowed just 81 rush yards per game.
DL: Alex Glover
Mallard Creek, 6-1, 215, Sr.
I-MECK 4A defensive player of the year had 83 tackles, 14 for a loss (minus 38 yards) and 13 sacks (minus 79 yards). Had three fumble recoveries. Two time all-conference pick.
DL: Colin Parsons
Butler, 6-3, 240, Sr.
16 sacks, 129 tackles, 43 tackles for a loss for all-conference lineman.
LB: Keith McAfee
Olympic, 6-1, 235, Jr.
MEGA 7 defensive player of the year had 127 tackles, three fumble recoveries, two interceptions and 15 tackles for a loss. Also ran 38 times in final three games for 197 yards.
LB: Stephan Amoah
Butler, 6-1, 215, Sr.
196 total tackles, six sacks, 11 tackles for loss. Leading tackler in state championship game (15).
LB: Kris Frost
Butler, 6-3, 220, Sr.
All-American had 103 total tackles and five sacks, though teams often ran away from him; Shrine Bowl pick.
LB: Colton Walls
Charlotte Latin, 6-2, 230, Sr.
Clemson commit and son of former Carolina Panther TE Wesley Walls had 103 tackles and five sacks for state championship finalist.
DB: Austin Stewart
Butler, 6-1, 190, Sr.
Led team with nine interceptions and also had 74 total tackles. Had a 93-yard interception return for score in state final and was team defensive MVP in the game.
DB: Calvin Hunter
Vance, 5-10, 170, Sr.
52 tackles, 9 pass breakups and 3 interceptions. Also had 252 yards rushing and 250 yards pass receiving. Shrine Bowl pick was all-conference in I-MECK 4A.
DB: Matthias Farley
Charlotte Christian, 6-1, 195, Sr.
Teams stayed away from Notre Dame commit, who had 39 tackles and two interceptions. On offense, had 37 catches for 600 yards and 10 TDs.
DB: Chris Shaffer
Providence, 6-2, 186, Sr.
All-conference pick had 96 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 1 sack, four interceptions and one fumble recovery. Division I college prospect.
SPEC: John Brockington
Garinger, 5-9, 187, Jr.
Rarely came off the field for team that had its best season in 20 years; 29 catches for 615 yards, 8 TDs; 31 carries for 166 yards; 19 punt returns for a 12.3 yard average; team best 4 interceptions with one returned for score. Was also team’s kicker, making 15 PATs and 1 FG
P: Tommy Hibbard
Butler, 5-10, 180, Sr.
Senior all-conference pick in the Southwestern 4A averaged 49.9 yards per punt this season.
Defensive player of the year: Kris Frost, Butler
Second Team, Defense
DL: Brent Spisak, Mallard Creek, 6-2, 225, Sr.
DL: Latham York, North Mecklenburg, 6-0, 210, Year NA
DL: Romeo Okwara, Ardrey Kell, 6-3, 225, Jr.
DL: Britton Grier, W. Charlotte, 6-3, 212, Sr.
LB: Andrew Yost, N. Mecklenburg, 6-1, 215, Sr.
LB: David Jackson, Ardrey Kell, 6-1, 210, Sr.
LB: Kyler Brown, Charlotte Christian, 6-5, 220, Sr.
DB: Matthew Cincotta, Charlotte Catholic, 6-1, 190, Jr.
DB: Prince Mayela, W. Mecklenburg, 5-11, 181, Jr.
DB: Ryan Herbin, Waddell, 5-7, 140, Jr.
DB: Rahiem Jennings, Olympic, 5-9, 165, Sr.
P: Cason Beatty, 6-1, 220, Jr.
SPEC: Kedrick Davis, Berry, 5-11, 160, Jr.
Third Team, Defense
DL: Vonquez Knox, W. Charlotte, 6-2, 210, Sr.
DL: Daniel Garces, Providence, 6-2, 205, So.
DL: Jimmy Gipson, 6-1, 250, Jr.
DL: Williams Braxton Hicks, Berry, 6-5, 225, Sr.
LB: Tashion Singleton, W. Mecklenburg, 6-4, 225, Jr.
LB: Denzel Heath, Hopewell, 5-11, 190, Year NA
LB: Elijah Williams, Berry, 6-1, 215, Sr.
DB: Jack Brodowicz, Charlotte Catholic, 5-10, 165, Jr.
DB: Justin Beatty, Vance, 5-10, 175, Sr.
DB: Mark Bridges, Butler, 6-0, 190, Sr.
DB: Michael Russell, Hopewell, 6-1, 200, Sr.
P: Mo Yanez, South Meck, 6-2, 175, Sr.
SPEC: Sam Remick, Southlake Christian, 5-9, 165, Sr.